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Nov 13, 2023

How to Apply for a Passport: A Comprehensive Guide

Applying for a passport is a necessary process for anyone seeking to travel outside of their country. This comprehensive guide is meant to assist individuals, specifically in India, on the procedure of applying for a passport online, as well as emphasising the importance of having travel insurance when journeying internationally.

Steps To Apply For A Passport Online In India

The Indian Passport Seva Kendra (PSK) has digitalized the process, making it convenient and efficient:
  1. Registration

Register for an account on the Passport Seva Online Portal.
  1. Application Form

Fill the online application form carefully, entering the necessary personal details.
  1. Document Upload

Upload the scanned copies of the documents required for passport application.
  1. Pay and Schedule

Pay the necessary fees and schedule your appointment.
  1. Visit the PSK

Attend the appointment with all the original documents for verification.
  1. Police Verification

Post approval from the PSK, a police verification will be conducted.
  1. Passport Issuance

Once all verifications are complete, your passport will be issued and sent via post.

Documents Needed For An Online Passport Application

  1. Proof of Address

This could be any document verifying your residential address such as your Aadhar card, utility bills (at least two bills from the last year), or a rental agreement.
  1. Proof of Date of Birth

Documents that can serve as proof of date of birth, including your birth certificate, school leaving certificate, or PAN card. Additionally, for applicants born on or after 26th January 1989, a mandatory submission of birth certificate is required.
  1. Identity Document

You will need a document to confirm your identity, such as a Voter ID card, Aadhar card, or a driving license.
  1. Proof of Nationality

Your citizenship documents, such as a birth certificate or national identity card, are needed.
  1. For Minors

Individuals below the age of 18 need to provide a birth certificate and parents' passport copies (if applicable).

Fees For Passport Application

The passport application fee is dependent on the type of passport applied for.  
Type of Service Fee (₹)
Issue of fresh passport (36 pages) 1500
Issue of fresh passport (60 pages) 2000
Re-issue of fresh passport (36 pages) 1500
Re-issue of fresh passport (60 pages) 2000
Fresh issue/re-issue of passport for minor applicants 1000
Passport (36 pages) replacement due to loss/theft/damage 3000
Passport (60 pages) replacement due to loss/theft/damage 3500
Change of personal details in the passport requiring replacement (36 pages) 1500
Change of personal details in the passport requiring replacement (60 pages) 2000
Change of personal details in a minor’s passport requiring replacement (36 pages) 1000
  For any of the above services required on an urgent basis, you can pay an additional fee of ₹ 2000 for ‘Tatkal Service’. These prices are as of the time of writing and are subject to changes. Always check the latest fees on the official PSK website.

Eligibility Criteria For Passport Application

The eligibility for applying for a passport in India is simple: the applicant must be a citizen of India. Moreover, the applicant should not have any criminal proceedings pending against them at the time of application. If you already hold a passport and need to renew or apply for a fresh one, appropriate steps must be taken.

Validity Of Passport

Typically, a newly issued passport is valid for a duration of 10 years for adults. For minors under the age of 18, the passport is valid for 5 years or until they turn 18, whichever occurs earlier.

Why Should You Invest In A Travel Insurance Plan?

Trips to national or international destinations can come with potential risks that could turn your experience from a dream into a nightmare. This is where the importance of travel insurance comes into play.
  1. Medical Emergencies ^

In case of a medical emergency abroad, travel insurance can cover the high costs of treatment and hospitalisation, ensuring you get the best care possible without a financial burden. *
  1. Trip Cancellation ^

A travel insurance policy can cover the costs associated with such cancellations or disruptions, including non-refundable tickets, hotel bookings, and other pre-paid expenses. *
  1. Lost or Delayed Checked-in Baggage ^

Travel insurance helps to mitigate loss or delayed checked-in baggage by providing coverage for the replacement of necessary items or reimbursement of incurred expenses. *
  1. Personal Liability ^

In the unfortunate event that you cause harm to a person or property during your travels, travel insurance can protect you from potential legal implications and associated costs. * ^ Claims are subject to terms and conditions set forth under travel insurance policy. In addition, certain regions have specific travel insurance plans to cater to their unique requirements. For example, Schengen travel insurance is specifically designed for travellers visiting the Schengen area in Europe, offering extensive coverage that complies with Schengen visa requirements. Similarly, travel insurance for Canada is designed with a deep understanding of the specific risks and high medical costs associated with travelling in Canada.* Remember, your travel insurance is an investment, not an expense. It gives you peace of mind and can save you significant costs in the event of unforeseen circumstances during your travels.   * Standard T&C Apply Insurance is the subject matter of solicitation. For more details on benefits, exclusions, limitations, terms, and conditions, please read the sales brochure/policy wording carefully before concluding a sale.

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